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Surveys Highlight Student and Faculty Experiences with Remote Learning

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 7/8/2020 | 0 comments

Two new surveys show the reactions and resilience of students and faculty in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic this spring. Overcoming conjecture and some bold (often unsupported) statements about the move to remote teaching, the survey results provide real insights into what happened. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Science Foundation […]

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Avoiding a “Road to Nowhere:” What We Must Do This Fall

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 6/22/2020 | 1 comments

In 1985 The Talking Heads released “Road to Nowhere.” That song, and that metaphor, have been on my mind a lot lately as I think about where higher education is going in the fall and beyond. It’s all too clear that we are going somewhere, but I’m not sure that any of us are very […]

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Online Learning: Let Students Learn Where They Are

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 6/4/2020 | 3 comments

The COVID-19 pandemic forced colleges and universities to move their face-to-face courses to remote and online formats. Instructors heroically worked to ensure continuity of learning for their students. Considering this shift online, Mark Porcaro, the Executive Director of Online Learning at Wichita State University and WCET Steering Committee member, reflected that learning isn’t all about […]

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Licensing Certification and Dispersed Students, Oh My! 

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 4/30/2020 | 4 comments

Institutions have juggled many issues to maintain educational continuity during the pandemic. WCET has addressed accessibility, Veterans benefits, crisis coordination, Open Educational Resources, the U.S. Department of Education’s ability to exercise enforcement discretion for Title IV eligibility , and more! However, we must now address the issue of institutional management of state licensing board requirements […]

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Promising Practices for Navigating “What’s Next”

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 4/23/2020 | 1 comments

I have long marveled at how quickly and effectively WCET pivots to support its members when we most need assistance. Remember the announcement of new guidelines that regional accreditors were going to use to evaluate distance education (CRAC-2001)? State authorization enforcement by the Department of Education? WCET helped us navigate around those icebergs. The Coronavirus […]

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Considering the Future, Now! 

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 4/21/2020 | 0 comments

I don’t know about you, but the last few weeks (months?) have felt surreal. Not only on a professional level, but on a personal one as well. That uncanny feeling I have about ‘these times’ has continued as our local and state leaders and our federal governments are discussing what it will take to start […]

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Open in a Time of Crisis

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 4/16/2020 | 3 comments

As an ongoing part of WCET’s efforts to help faculty and staff respond to the pandemic, today Dr. Tanya Spilovoy, our resident Open Educational Resources (OER) expert, takes a look at the role openness and OER can play as institutions move away from rushing to deliver remote instruction to more deliberately designed online courses for […]

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New Regulations #3: Direct Assessment and Competency-Based Education

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 4/13/2020 | 3 comments

In case you missed it, the Department of Education finally released the last set of regulations from its epic 2019 negotiated rulemaking process on April 1st. And, no, it wasn’t an April Fool’s Day joke. This is the third and final part of WCET’s analysis of the proposed rules. Part one of our analysis details […]

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What’s Next? #2: Wichita State and Broward College Move Forward on an Uncharted Journey

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 4/10/2020 | 1 comments

Today we provide our second installment of the “What’s Next” stories, featuring the experiences of colleges and universities moving from the initial rapid deployment phase to the next phase of planning for how to deal with the reality of medium-term impacts of COVID-19. Using Russ Poulin’s metaphor, just as we have just finished bailing out […]

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